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Knowledge Management in the Digital Newsroom

Book Description

If you are an editor or newsroom manager seeking new and more efficient ways of managing the ever increasing flow of information through your newsroom, this book will provide the information you need to make informed decisions about crucial organisational and equipment changes.

Case studies from newsrooms worldwide are used to present an overview of the information management tools and processes that are available to help journalists and media executives deal with information. Answers are suggested for some of the most pressing issues, including:

What are the factors driving change in newsrooms?
How are news organizations around the world re-organising their newsrooms to deal with information in new ways?
How are the opposing needs to cut costs and yet maintain journalistic quality being met?
What digital tools are currently available, e.g. for computer-assisted reporting?
How can reporters become more mobile?
How can trainee journalists be better prepared for operating within the changing newsroom environment?

Each chapter is supplemented by a 'how to learn more' section, suggesting further resources for tackling each issue.

Whether you are planning major change in your newsroom or simply wish to keep up with the latest industry trends, this is the book you have been waiting for.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. Foreword
  8. Introduction
  9. Acknowledgements
  10. About the author
  11. 1. Knowledge management and journalism
    1. Information a glut product
    2. From information scarcity to surplus
    3. Declines in circulation
    4. Technology a powerful driver
    5. Social and economic causes of change
    6. The role of media giants
    7. Changes in consumer attitudes
    8. Managing knowledge in the newsroom
    9. New skills for the knowledge age
    10. New approaches for a new age
  12. 2. The re-defined newsroom
    1. Attitude: changing newsroom mindsets
    2. Links between technology and mindset
    3. Blending competition and co-operation
    4. Physical: moving the furniture around
    5. Technical change: acceptance of technology
    6. From a production to an information base
  13. 3. The coming of convergence journalism
    1. Factors influencing multiple-journalism
    2. America’s first convergence company
    3. Multiple-journalism elsewhere in the USA
    4. Convergence in Hong Kong and Singapore
    5. Changes in Australian newsrooms
    6. Multi-media television coverage
    7. Opposing views of multiple-journalism
  14. 4. Intranets and knowledge management
    1. What is an intranet?
    2. Intranets and collaboration
    3. Intranets: catalysts for change
    4. A single source of information
    5. Intranets for research
    6. Cheaper to distribute electronic documents
    7. Intranets save time through convenience
    8. Intranets boost morale
    9. Anticipating potential problems
  15. 5. New tools for journalists
    1. Analysing successful data managers
    2. The Advanced Journalist Technology Project
    3. Newsplex: the newsroom of the future
    4. Computer-assisted reporting
    5. Geographical information systems
    6. Databases for information management
    7. Extensible markup language
    8. XML enables convergence journalism
  16. 6. Mobile journalism
    1. Mobile telephone generations
    2. Main transmission technologies
    3. Wireless application protocol
    4. DoCoMo’s i-mode
    5. Open versus closed standards
    6. Enabling the virtual newsroom
    7. The virtual newsroom in practice
    8. Unique issues for mobile reporting
    9. Developing wireless content
    10. The future is still unfolding
  17. 7. How to involve and evolve the newsroom
    1. Danger: speed can trap the unwary
    2. Vital to invest in training
    3. Universities’ role in the future
    4. The ideal journalism recruit
    5. A knowledge-based daily: Maeil Business Newspaper
    6. Putting it all together
  18. Index